Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape

Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape

Jesus Tramullas (University of Zaragoza, Spain) and Piedad Garrido (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
Release Date: July, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 246
ISBN13: 9781466619128|ISBN10: 1466619120|EISBN13: 9781466619135|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1912-8


The advent of computers in libraries made library automation a hot topic in the 1980s and 1990s, but this focus has dropped off over time, leaving much library automation research outdated.

Library Automation and OPAC 2.0: Information Access and Services in the 2.0 Landscape brings library automation back to the forefront of cutting-edge research. In today's age of Web 2.0 and social networking, libraries are entering the new Library 2.0 era, and this reference will present current and future librarians with the necessary new library automation research they will need to keep their institutions up-to-date in today's constantly changing technological environment.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative technologies on libraries
  • Integrated library systems
  • Library 2.0 services and products
  • Library 2.0 user information behavior
  • Library data visualization
  • Library information systems
  • OPAC 2.0
  • Semantic libraries and open data
  • Social networks on libraries 2.0
  • User interfaces for libraries and library systems

Reviews and Testimonials

Noting the increased importance of Web 2.0 in library services and the need to move beyond the classic model of library computerization, Tramullas and Garrido (information science and computers and systems engineering, U. of Zaragoza, Spain) assemble 10 articles by a group of scholars from Europe, South Africa, the US, and Singapore. The articles examine different aspects of the automation of libraries and OPACs 2.0 and the need to address the role, functions, and activities librarians should perform in the social digital library environment. Including chapters on tool applications, prototypes, interface analyses, proposals for analytic indicators, training environments, and XML, contributors discuss a new model for searching bibliographic information, a prototype for an OPAC that increases the user's interaction, the management of metadata tags in XML, integrating the Solr search engine into VuFind, the evolution of OPACs in Latin American countries towards 2.0 models, the possibilities of the semantic web, the difficulty of assessing the activity of users in Web 2.0, personal information management and Web 2.0, and education in the 2.0 environment.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

These 10 chapters edited by a professor and assistant professor of information science and computers and systems engineering at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, bring library automation back into the forefront of discussion, especially as it concerns Web 2.0 and social networking. The work is international in scope and includes chapters on the topics of creating rich and dynamic library catalogs, XML in library cataloging workflows, intelligent personal agents in Library 2.0 environments, library analytics in the Web 2.0 era, and Web 2.0 technology as a teaching tool.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Jesús Tramullas
Chapter 1
Filipe Manuel dos Santos Bento, Lídia de Jesus Oliveira L. da Silva
This chapter exposes some core concepts for an innovative bibliographic information search system model, where not only the document is the point of... Sample PDF
Going Beyond the Bibliographic Catalog: The Basis for a New Participatory Scientific Information Discovery and Sharing Model
Chapter 2
Jesse Prabawa Gozali, Min-Yen Kan
The authors redesign the user interface of an online library catalog, leveraging current Web technologies that allow dynamic and fine-grained user... Sample PDF
Rich and Dynamic Library Catalogs: A Case Study of Online Search Interfaces
Chapter 3
Myung-Ja Han, Christine Cho
Libraries have been trying hard to produce and aggregate resources in both print and digital formats, which need to be integrated into the library... Sample PDF
XML in Library Cataloging Workflows: Working with Diverse Sources and Metadata Standards
Chapter 4
Demian Katz, Andrew Nagy
Apache Solr, an open source Java-based search engine, forms the core of many Library 2.0 products. The use of an index in place of a relational... Sample PDF
VuFind: Solr Power in the Library
Chapter 5
Birong Ho
With new Web tools, information can be released to flow in every direction (library to user, user to library, library to library, and user to user).... Sample PDF
Does VuFind Meet the Needs of Web 2.0 Users?: A Year After
Chapter 6
Elsa Barber, Silvia Pisano, Sandra Romagnoli, Verónica Parsiale, Gabriela de Pedro, Carolina Gregui, Nancy Blanco
This chapter studies user interfaces of Web Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs) and presents their principal difficulties in facing the... Sample PDF
Quantitative Approach Applied to User Interface of Latin American Web OPACs
Chapter 7
Jesús Tramullas, Piedad Garrido
The use of OPACs has been one of the problems that users of libraries have faced. The application of Web 2.0 techniques in OPACs has favored the... Sample PDF
Intelligent Personal Agents in Library 2.0 Environments: An Assistant Prototype
Chapter 8
Jorge Serrano-Cobos, Alicia Sellés, Nuria Lloret
Therefore, the authors study some useful clues to understand the need to integrate these tools beyond visual consistency by offering each other the... Sample PDF
Library Analytics on the Web 2.0 Era: Technology Integration Needs and Indicators to Monitor “User Awareness” with Web Analytics Techniques
Chapter 9
Elena Corradini, Mario Pérez-Montoro
In this chapter, the authors review current literature on personal information management to analyze how it is understood with the aim of reviewing... Sample PDF
Library 2.0 and Personal Information Management: A Way Forward using Social Networks
Chapter 10
Lara Skelly, Jen Eidelman, Peter Underwood
In response to two different pedagogical challenges, namely delivering varied library instruction to a big first year class and delivering a focused... Sample PDF
Web 2.0 Technology as a Teaching Tool
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

received his Masters in Computer Management from the Institute of Enterprise Directors IDE / CESEM. He has directed and developed funded research projects on information management in organizations, such as Coordinator of the Thematic Network on Digital Documents (founded by Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, 2004-2007), Member of the Information Resources Management in Organizations Research Group, Director of Digital Information Workshops & Summer Courses (Univ. of Zaragoza in Jaca, 2001-2010), Senior member of the Association for Computer Machinery ACM, IEEE Education Chapter, and International Society for Knowledge Organization ISKO, Author of numerous works on the implementation and development of computer tools in Information Management and Librarianship. Jesus Tramullas has authored the books: World Wide Web: Fundamentals, Navigation and Languages on the Global Information Network (1996), Introduction to Documatica, (1997), Information Retrieval on the Internet (2001), Libre Software for Information Services (2006), Trends in Digital Documents (2006). He has also lectured and spoken at numerous conferences, courses and seminars. View his weblog at: